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Monica Emerson runs at nationals; Steph LeMire is All-MAC swimmer

Monica Emerson ran a 5:02 time in the 1,600 meters at the NCAA Division III indoor national track championships.1 / 3
Steph LeMire looks up to see her race time during one of her races for the Miami University women's swim team this winter.2 / 3
Jared Kidder became a valuable reserve for the Bethel University men's basketball team this winter.3 / 3

Somerset native Monica Emerson competed for the UW-Eau Claire women’s track team at the NCAA Division III national indoor track championship this weekend at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Emerson competed on Friday in the women’s 1,600 meter run. She placed 14th with a time of 5:02.21. She did not qualify for Saturday’s championship race.

Emerson was one of three women from the WIAC to qualify for nationals in the 1,600 meters. She joined defending national champion Chrissy Cazzola of UW-Oshkosh and Ana Breit of UW-Stevens Point at the national championships.

Stephanie LeMire

LeMire, is a swimmer for the Miami University of Ohio. The Somerset native completed her freshman season at the Mid-America Conference championships in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 27-March 1 by earning first-team All-MAC honors by scoring 40 points, which required finishing in the top five for all three individual events. She placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:13.33, a personal best time of more than six seconds. She was fourth in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:02.43, and sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.45.

She was high point earner for Miami and broke the team’s freshman records in all three events.

She also swam the breaststroke leg in the 200-medley relay and the 400-medley relay, placing fourth respectively. LeMire qualified for the NCAA Championships in both breaststroke events, however, only 65 swimmers are admitted per event and LeMire is ranked 72. Roughly 85-90 swimmers nationally make the time standards per event.

Jeff Burke,

Tanner Milliron

Burke and Milliron helped the UW-River Falls men’s hockey team to a 15-9-3 record this winter. Burke, a senior defenseman, was an honorable mention All-WIAC selection. This is the third time Burke was an honorable mention all-conference player. He led the Falcon defensemen with three goals and nine assists for 12 points. He played in all 27 games and scored two power play goals. Burke led the Falcons with 45 penalty minutes.

Milliron saw action in nine games, giving the Falcons a strong second option in goal. Milliron finished the season with a 4-2-3 record and a 2.16 goals against average. He had a 92.1 save percentage this season.

Megan Cox

Cox recently completed her junior season on the Lindenwood University women’s hockey team. Lindenwood finished the season with a 5-26-3 record. Cox played in all 34 games for Lindenwood. Cox is a defenseman who concentrates on defense. She was third on the team with 41 blocked shots. The highlight of the season for Lindenwood was a sweep of a series against Penn State on Feb. 8-9.

Jared Kidder

After several years of not playing competively, Kidder tried out for the Bethel University men’s basketball team as a senior. Kidder made the team and proved to be a valuable reserve for Bethel. He saw action in 16 games, scoring 18 points and averaging 4.1 minutes per game. He made 8-13 shots from the field, a 61.5 percent success rate.

Joe Deppe

Deppe saw action in 20 of the 25 games for the UW-River Falls men’s basketball team during his freshman season.

The former Middle Border Conference Most Valuable Player for New Richmond scored 50 points for the Falcons this season. Deppe averaged 10.2 minutes per game for the Falcons. He was the team’s second best three-point shooter, hitting 46.7 percent of his attempts.

Tessa Cichy

Cichy was one of the top reserves on the UW-Madison women’s basketball team. Cichy played in 28 of the Badgers’ 29 games this season. She ranked seventh on the team in minutes played, averaging 9.2 minutes per game. Cichy compiled 50 points and 37 rebounds for the Badgers this season. Cichy scored a season-high 13 points against Boston College on Dec. 5, leading the Badgers to a second half comeback win. She had a career-high eight rebounds against Indiana on Feb. 8. Cichy, from Somerset, was an all-state player at Hill-Murray (Minn.) High School.

Ashley Martell

Martell started 25 of the 27 games for the University of Minnesota-Crookston basketball team this winter. Crookston finished the season with with 10-17 record. Martell scored 114 points for the Golden Eagles this season. She was the second most successful three-point shooter on the team.

Nikki Brooks

Brooks is off to a fast start with the UW-Eau Claire women’s softball team this spring. Brooks led the Blugolds with four runs scored on Sunday as they defeated Augsburg College 18-10 on the first day of the team’s spring break trip. Through six games, Brooks is hitting .333 with four doubles and nine runs driven in.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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